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01/21/14

SD Education Department Seeks to Reduce Remediation, Increase Proficiency

South Dakota Public Broadcasting (01/21/2014) Bartlett, Cassie

South Dakota Education Secretary Dr. Melody Schopp says her department will continue to emphasize common core subjects at all levels for success, and improving the proficiency of fourth graders in reading is an essential part of ensuring high school students are prepared for the next phase of their lives. The department also plans to increase the availability of Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses to help students earn college credit before graduating from high school, while schools also are measuring students' work skills to see if they are ready to enter the workforce. "For kids who don't meet those benchmarks on the ACT, they are identified as needing remediation, which, number one, costs about $900 a course, and takes up about the first semester of their college experience. The Board of Regents is doing a lot of things to really take those costs down, but what we're doing is we're taking remediation and moving down into the high school. The dollars you gave us last year, we're sending out letters to every junior after they take the ACT. Based on those letters, we let them know if they're going to need a remediation course, and then we offer it at no cost at the high school," Schopp says.
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